The '''Hopedale Community''' was founded out of Worcester County, Massachusetts
in 1842 by Adin Ballou
. He and his followers purchased of land on which they built homes for the community members, chapels and the factories for which the company was initially formed.
Ballou believed that he could create a utopian community blending the features of a factory town with those of a religion-based commune. He called this ”Practical Christianity
” but unlike several similar communities, it was important to Ballou that Hopedale would not be isolated from the rest of society. He hoped that it would be able to stand as a beacon of social reform in the time of the Civil War. The community stood for temperance, abolitionism, woman’s rights, spiritualism and education. [https://books.google.com/books?id=_54oZLPtj7UC&pg=PA71&dq=spann+hopedale+women&sig=QVxLWfG-EX1Xofplolw1UMfXoTU#PPP1,M1]
14 years after the land was purchased, Hopedale went bankrupt. The intentional...